Wimbledon: Philipp Kohlschreiber retires in the fifth set against Ivan Dodig
Last Updated: 25/06/13 7:56pm
Philipp Kohlschreiber: Retired in the fifth set
Philipp Kohlschreiber said he was angry at his body for letting him down after he was forced to quit his Wimbledon first-round match against Ivan Dodig.
The 16th-seeded German, who reached the quarter-finals a year ago, walked off court at 2-1 down in the decider after surrendering a two-set lead.
Kohlschreiber had been upset at a number of line calls during the Court 18 clash but explained his retirement had been due to flu.
He said: "I'm totally exhausted. In the last two or three days I was almost entirely in bed. I have had flu and felt like my body was pretty bad. I had no energy left.
"I had no energy and have only been able to practise for 45 minutes over the last two days. I tried to hang in as long as I could but in the end I was tired and slow in the head and felt a pain in my leg.
"Maybe it was bad timing but it is hard to speak about because this is the best Grand Slam I played last year. I'm angry and sad but there is nothing I can do."
Gilles Simon, seeded 19, crashed out in straight sets to Eastbourne winner Feliciano Lopez.
Always a 'dangerous floater' on grass, the Spaniard came through 6-2 6-4 7-6, clinching victory 13-11 in the third set tie-break.
Sam Querrey, ranked 21 this week, was the only other men's seed to fall when he lost in five sets to Bernard Tomic.
The American battled back from two sets down but his Australian opponent rallied to win 7-6 7-6 3-6 2-6 6-3.